oil spill in Arkansas may add urgency to Vermont legislation that would regulate oil pipelines.
point to similarities between the pipeline in Arkansas that ruptured and
one in northern Vermont that could be used to ship tar sands oil.
The head of a regional oil pipeline
company says he’s looking for new projects, including using the line to carry
controversial tar sands oil across northern New England.
The Legislature is reviewing
the pipeline issue amid national protests against a project that would carry tar
sands oil from western Canada to the Gulf
Environmental groups say any effort
to ship tar sands oil through a northern Vermont pipeline should be subject to the state’s land use
review. The pipeline company has insisted
it has no current plans to reverse the flow of an existing line to carry the
heavy fuel across northern New
March, voters in Burlington will vote on a resolution that would oppose the shipment
of tar-sands oil across northeastern sections of the state. Now,
environmental activists want voters to put the issue on Town Meeting Day
ballots in other towns.